Elnora V. Halverson was born September 15, 1914, in Plankinton, SD to Chris and Hilda (Ruhberg) Brammer. She grew up on her family farm, and was baptized in the Methodist church. She attended country schools in Lyman county, near Kennebec, SD. and was the oldest of 4 children. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith and on September 15, 1931, she married "the love of her life", Marion Halverson.
Elnora's love for Marion was very apparent in elementary school. She couldn't run fast enough in the school yard games, so Marion would grab her hand and pull her along, as fast as they could go. They never got caught as they ran around the country school.
Elnora and Marion farmed in Lyman County, and Marion and his brothers played in a band at barn dances, where she was always by his side. They moved to Irene, SD, in Yankton County, where they farmed and Marion played for barn dances and on Yankton radio until 1946. They moved to a farm that they purchased, north of Mt Vernon, SD, where they farmed and raised their daughters until Marion's passing in 1974. Elnora moved back to Kennebec to care for her mother Hilda until her passing in 1993. Elnora moved to White Lake, SD, to be near to her daughter Marilyn and family. She enjoyed the meals on wheels program, and her many friends at the White Lake apartments until 2006. Her golden years were spent with her daughter Kathleen (John) Runge, and her granddaughter Rebecca "Runge" Weed and her family in Lebanon, OR.
Elnora loved spending time with her family and friends. She had a kind heart and spirit and welcomed everyone she met. She enjoyed gardening, growing many different types of flowers, playing cards, crocheting, crafting, and listening to country music. She always carried the poem "A cross in my pocket" in her purse wherever she went.
She is survived by her daughters Kathleen (John) Runge, Lebanon, OR and Marilyn (Dick) Markhardt, White Lake, SD, 5 grandchildren, Rebecca (Ben) Weed, Lebanon, OR, Michelle (Tige) Everson, Yankton, SD, Marsha (Rocky) Hauge, White Lake, SD, Marlene (Josh) Janis, Wagner, SD, and Rick Markhardt, White Lake, SD, 12 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grand child, a sister Meta Hollenbeck, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Leonard (June) Brammer, a sister Mary (Harry) Eymer, her husband, and a great granddaughter.